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SALKANTAY 2011

Salkantay 2011

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Publicado: Febrero 16 por Anónimo  

Illinois

Salkantay
 
Introduction
 
When thinking about Trekking Machu Picchu, the first thing that comes to mind is the Inca Trail Trek.
 
Because of excessive crowds the Peruvian government decided not only to limit daily access but also to impose strict Inca Trail Regulations. We understand how frustrating it is to not be able to get a permit because you didn't book 4 months in advance and there are no permits left.
 
The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits. Connecting the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu, The Salkantay  Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain". Our classic Salkantay  trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves.
Salkantay 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1 Soraypampa - Huayracmachay:
 
We will leave Cusco at about 05.00 for the 4-hour bus ride to the Mollepata District. We will arrive approximately at 8.30 a.m. in Mollepata. Here we will have an excellent American breakfast. After the breakfast we drive 2 hours with an open truck reaching almost Soroypampa. Here our horses and horsemen will be waiting for carrying our  camping-equipment and food. We will pass the campsite of Soroypampa. After we will continue our walking to Salkantaypampa, where we will have our lunch.  We will walk for a few hours, to the Salkantay  snow covered mountain, with an altitude of 4650 m.s.n.m., the highest part in our trip to Machu Picchu. We will see here the spectacular view of the Andes, the flora and the fauna typical from this region, including the beautiful Laguna Soroycocha. After we will be going down to Huayracmachay, the place of our first campsite. Here we will have dinner and spend the night in our tents. 
 
Day 2 Huayracmachay â?? La Playa:
 
After an early breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we will start our day walking to la Playa, Chaullay, Colpapampa, Wiñaypuquio, and Lluscamayu. We will have lunch in one of these campsites. After lunch we will walk for more than four hours before arriving to La Playa village where we will set up our camp, and where we will have dinner. On this trip we will see many kinds of tropical plants, like oranges, bananas, avocado, papaya, lemons, and others.
 
Day 3 La Playa â?? Aguas Calientes:
 
After an early breakfast in La Playa we will take a local transport for approximately one hour to Santa Teresa District. After arriving to Santa Teresa we will cross the river and walk to the Hydroelectric Train Station for having our lunch. At 3.25 PM we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, which will take 45 minutes. In the evening we will be having a menu in a nice restaurant in Aguas Calientes. In the night  you will have here the possibility to visit and enjoy the hot springs.
 
Day 4 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu â?? Cusco:
 
We will wake up at 5.00 a.m. for having breakfast in our Hostal and after we will be taking the bus for arriving to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Our guide will give a two hour explanation about everything concerning the ruins.  After this we will have free time for taking pictures. The lunch and dinner on this day will not be  will belong to your free-time. In the afternoon we will go back to Aguas Calientes at 4.00 pm to the train station to take the backpacker train to Cusco Optional to be considered the possibility of one extra night in Aguas Calientes.
Optional instead of backpacker train, Vistadome.
 
What is excluded
· Lunch and dinner on the last day
· Tips
What to bring
· One sleeping bag per person: You can rent a sleeping from Bramatours/Birdingperu. Costs US$ 16.00 for 4 days.
· Backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
· Rain jacket or poncho
· Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes.
· Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters.
· Flashlight and batteries.
· Camera, films and batteries
· Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
· Sun block and insect repellent.
· Towels
· Toilet paper.
· Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
· Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen and sterilizing tablets ie.Micropur.
· Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
· Cash in soles and/or US$
· Optional: walking sticks or poles
· An extra horse to carry your additional personal items  US$ 80.00 / 4 days.
Included:
Transfer from your hotel in the morning with private bus to Soroypampa, the starting point of the trek, breakfast in Mollepata
· Igloo tents: max. 3 persons in each 4-persons-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks
· One mattress per person
· Dining tent combined with kitchen tent
· Cook and cooking equipment
· Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
· Accommodation for our guides, cook and horsemen
· Meals (04B, 03L, 03D + morning snacks + tea service for 3 days)
· Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
· First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
· Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu, bus up and down, transport back to Cusco
 
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